California legislators have contemplated Silver Alert bills for years. In October, the California Senior Legislature adopted Silver Alert as its top legislative priority. The most recent of these bills, SB 1047, stands a good chance of passage this year.
SB 1047 would require that if a person is reported missing to a law enforcement agency, and that agency determines that certain requirements are met, including, among others, that the missing person is 65 years of age or older, the law enforcement agency shall request the California Highway Patrol to activate a Silver Alert. The bill would require the California Highway Patrol to, upon activation of a Silver Alert, take certain actions to assist the agency investigating the disappearance.
SB 1047 was introduced by State Senators Elaine Alquist and Lou Correa. It is co-authored in the California Assembly by Assemblymembers Tom Ammiano and Roger Dickinson. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 37 to 1. SB 1047 is currently pending in the Assembly, where a hearing has been scheduled for June 19 in the Public Safety Committee.
SB 1047 was recently covered by NBC Bay Area:
State senator Elaine Alquist has co-authored a bill that would establish a silver alert system in California. Simona Walter of San Jose supports the bill.
“We do it for our children so why not don’t for our parents,our aunts and uncles?” ,said Walter.
Her own mother has Alzheimer’s and has consistently wandered. She even left her assisted living home and walked three miles before she was found.